Theresa May has won the battle to retain leadership of the Conservatives and remain as Prime Minister after facing down a vote of no confidence from members of her party.
Here are the latest developments:
Theresa May accepted that a “significant” number of Tory MPs had voted against her but said she now wanted to “get on with the job”.
Speaking outside 10 Downing Street, Mrs May said she had a “renewed mission – delivering the Brexit people voted for, bringing the country back together and building a country that really works for everyone.”
A spokesman for the European Research Group of eurosceptic Tory MPs said: “The parliamentary arithmetic remains unchanged.
“We cannot and will not support the disastrous Withdrawal Agreement the Prime Minister has negotiated.
“We urge her to bring it back to Parliament without delay so that the view of the House of Commons can clearly be demonstrated, and we can move on to a viable policy instead.
“If Theresa May pushes ahead with her deal, which our confidence and supply partner quite rightly cannot support, we are set to have a general election she has said she will not lead us into and which no one can realistically think she would win.”
Despite the win, Mrs May has come under criticism from both within and outside of her party.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “Tonight’s vote makes no difference to the lives of our people.
“The Prime Minister has lost her majority in Parliament, her government is in chaos and she is unable to deliver a Brexit deal that works for the country and puts jobs and the economy first.”
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell tweeted: “Shocking result for Theresa May. Even having offered to go before the next general election she still has a huge 117 Tory MPs, a third of her party, voting against her and not having confidence in her. Wow.”
Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage posted: “Mrs May limps on to her next failure, the deal won’t pass and the real crisis is close.”
Prominent Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg, the chairman of the European Research Group, said the result was “terrible” for Theresa May and she should resign.
Graham Brady announces Prime Minister Theresa May has survived an attempt by Tory MPs to oust her with a vote of no confidence.
MPs voted by 200 to 117 to support her, a majority of 83.
Voting closed in the confidence ballot.
Three black ballot boxes were taken from committee room 14 into neighbouring committee room 15 for counting, past a waiting crowd of journalists.
Conservative MPs have started casting their votes in the confidence ballot on Theresa May’s leadership.
Theresa May told Conservative MPs at the 1922 Committee meeting that she will not lead the party into the next general election, Cabinet minister Amber Rudd has said.
Theresa May has arrived to address Tory MPs ahead of tonight’s confidence vote.
A banging of desks could be heard from outside committee room 14 in the Palace of Westminster.
The corridor outside was swarming with reporters and police as she made her entrance.
Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn clashed in the Commons ahead of the confidence vote.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove was confident Theresa May would retain the leadership.
Mr Gove was swamped by reporters and cameras as he dashed between temporary media tents that have been erected at the College Garden outside Westminster.
“Of course the Prime Minister will win tonight,” he said as he pushed through the crowds of press.
“She deserves to win.”
The source declined to discuss whether Mrs May would stay on if she scraped through this evening’s vote by a small margin, saying: “I’m not going to be prescriptive about analysing the result before it happens.”
Asked whether Theresa May was confident of winning Wednesday evening’s vote, a senior Downing Street source said: “She is fighting for every vote. We have seen support from across the parliamentary party this morning but there is a lot more to do this afternoon.”
Mrs May said she had negotiated a “good Brexit deal” which “protects jobs and honours the referendum”.
She told MPs: “What I think is important for everybody in this House to recognise is that we have, I believe, a solemn duty to deliver on the result of the referendum in 2016.
“I believe the best way of doing that is with a good deal, with a good Brexit deal with the European Union that protects jobs and honours the referendum and I believe that’s the deal we’ve negotiated.”
Tory grandee Kenneth Clarke hit out at his colleagues for calling a vote of no confidence, labelling it “unhelpful, irrelevant and irresponsible”.
The former Cabinet minister said: “At a time of grave national crisis on an issue that we all agree is hugely important to future generations, can the Prime Minister think of anything more unhelpful, irrelevant and irresponsible than for the Conservative Party to embark on weeks of a Conservative leadership election?”
Mrs May said he raised an “important issue”, adding: “Were a new leader to come in that one of the first things they would have to do would be to either extend Article 50 or rescind Article 50, and that would mean either delaying or stopping Brexit.”
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford called on the Prime Minister to resign.
He said: “That is contemptuous of Parliament. Parliament voted for a meaningful vote, we should be having the vote and it should be happening next week. This Government is a farce, the Tory Party is in chaos, the Prime Minister is a disgrace with her actions.
“The reality is that people across Scotland and the UK are seeing this today. Prime Minister take responsibility, do the right thing, resign.”
Mrs May replied: “He makes the remarks he does about deferring the vote, but of course it is precisely because I have listened and colleagues in Government have listened to the views of people across this House, that we are pursing this issue further with the EU, that is being respectful of the views that have been raised in this House.”
“Totally and completely unacceptable,” Mr Corbyn exploded in response to Mrs May’s refusal to say she would rearrange the meaningful vote before Christmas.
“This House agreed a programme of motion, this House agreed the five days of debate, this House agreed the vote was going ahead,” he said.
“The Government tried to unilaterally pull that and deny this House the chance of a vote on this crucial matter.
“The Prime Minister and her Government have already been found in contempt of Parliament – her behaviour today is just contemptuous of this Parliament and of this process.”
Mr Corbyn said that when Mrs May left the country, the Commons was about to start day four of the five-day debate on the Brexit deal, and said as she had “not achieved any changes” she should resume “the concluding days of debate and votes within the next seven days before the house rises for the Christmas recess”.
Mrs May replied that she has “made some progress” and said there are still “discussions to be held”.
She said the meaningful vote will come back to the Commons, and as Labour MPs shouted “when?” at her she said: “We’ve had a meaningful vote, we had it in in the referendum in 2016.”
The PM added: “And if he wants a meaningful date I’ll give him one; 29th March 2019 when we leave the European Union.”
Mr Corbyn said Mrs May must now put her Brexit deal to a meaningful vote in the Commons.
“The time for dithering and delay is over. The Prime Minister has negotiated her deal. She has told us it is the best and only deal available,” he said.
“There can be no more excuses, no more running away. Put it before Parliament and let’s have the vote.”
Jeremy Corbyn told Theresa May “nothing has changed” with her Brexit deal after her meetings with EU leaders yesterday and demanded a vote on it by MPs is held before Christmas.
But the PM hit back, saying the Labour leader “couldn’t care less” whether progress has been made, and accused him of wanting to create “chaos in our economy”.
Mrs May said none of the EU leaders she met on her trip to Europe on Tuesday were in “any doubt” about the strength of MPs’ concerns about the duration of the backstop.
She said: “No-one that I met yesterday is in any doubt about the strength of concern there is in this House on the issue of the duration of the backstop.”
Her husband Philip May attended Prime Minister’s Questions to show his support from the public gallery overlooking the House of Commons chamber.
Mrs May was asked if she would rule out a general election and a second EU referendum.
She said: “I think that a general election at this point in time would not be in the national interest.
“I think we should respect the referendum which took place in 2016.”
Theresa May is answering Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons. She arrived to huge cheers from her benches just hours after it emerged there would be a vote of confidence in her leadership.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has posted a “sincere request to colleagues” to support Theresa May on Twitter.
DUP MP Sammy Wilson said it was a matter for the Conservatives to choose who was their leader, but that their policy on Brexit must change.
Sir Graham Brady said that if Theresa May loses the vote of confidence, the party would hope to elect a successor as quickly as possible.
He said that he believed that balloting among MPs could be concluded before Parliament breaks for the Christmas recess on December 20.
He told reporters at Westminster: “I think it is perfectly likely that if there were to be a contest and if there were to be a very large field, as is occasionally speculated, it is entirely possible we could do it in two or three rounds (of voting among MPs).
“I would have thought we want want to conclude that process as swiftly as possible and allow the matter to move on to the party in the country to decide.
“We could operate ballots on successive days. If it were to happen our goal would be to conclude the parliamentary stages, if possible, before the Christmas recess.”
Brexiteer Tory MP Bill Cash was pleased the ballot was going ahead.
“For a very good reason,” he said. “The Prime Minister has lost the public trust in relation to the vote that took place in June 2016. The Withdrawal Agreement is not going to get through the House of Commons.”
Mr Cash added: “The Withdrawal Agreement is dead as a parrot.”
He said sticking to the March 29 date for leaving the EU should be “fundamental”, arguing it would focus the negotiations with other member states.
Theresa May has won the backing of the Tory Reform Group, the largest membership group within the party, which represents its liberal wing.
In a statement, the group said: “This is a critical time for our country. It should not be about the Conservative Party, but about our national interest, implementing the decision taken on June 23 and taking our country forward.
“MPs voting tonight must think carefully before casting their ballot. Our party is, and must be, about more than Brexit – our country will not forgive us if we forget that.
“With the very real prospect of a hard-left Corbyn government, now is the time for unity.
“We urge our parliamentary colleagues to support the Prime Minister.”
Theresa May’s statement, given earlier this morning.
David Cameron urged Tory MPs to back Mrs May in the vote of confidence.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson followed other Cabinet colleagues in supporting Mrs May.
Chief Whip Julian Smith followed suit.
Attorney General Geoffrey Cox said: “I shall be supporting the Prime Minister this evening.
“This is no time for the self indulgent spasm of a leadership election. Nothing fundamental will be altered by it. This is a time to show loyalty and discipline in supporting the PM in discharging the duties of government.”
Theresa May is expected to speak with individual Tory MPs during the day before addressing the 1922 Committee at 5pm, immediately before the crucial vote.
Today’s Cabinet meeting has been cancelled, Downing Street said.
Prominent Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg spoke out against the Prime Minister.
Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright said: “I will be supporting the Prime Minister tonight.
“Not only because she deserves that support but also because the country does not need this distraction right now. The Prime Minister has focused entirely on the national interest. I hope my colleagues will too.”
Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley came out in support of the current leader.
Conservative Brexiteer Andrea Jenkyns said she would vote against Theresa May and thought the PM would lose the vote.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it was a “characteristically strong” statement from Mrs May, as he vowed to stand “with her all the way”.
Mrs May said that changing Conservative leader would “put our country’s future at risk and create uncertainty when we can least afford it” and could lead to Brexit being delayed or prevented.
She added: “We must and we shall deliver on the referendum vote and seize the opportunities that lie ahead.”
The Prime Minister said she will contest the leadership challenge “with everything I’ve got”.
Theresa May is speaking outside 10 Downing Street.
Alun Cairns, the Welsh Secretary, and David Mundell, the Scottish Secretary, both offered their backing for the Prime Minister on Twitter.
“I am giving my full support to @theresa_may who has always put the national interest first. We need to honour the outcome of the referendum and support the PM to deliver Brexit on 29 March 2019,” Mr Cairns said.
David Mundell added: “PM has my full support. A leadership contest is the last thing we need. The public want us to sort #Brexit now!”
Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay voiced his support.
Liberal Democrats leader Sir Vince Cable also took to Twitter.
Transport Secretary and prominent Brexiteer Chris Grayling said: “I will be backing Theresa May tonight. At this crucial point, the last thing the country needs is a prolonged and introspective leadership contest.
“I was one of the first Cabinet ministers to back Brexit. Delivering a deal was never going to be simple.
“Theresa May is the best person to make sure we actually leave the EU and deliver on the Brexit that I and the people of our great country voted for.”
Environment Secretary Michael Gove, another Cabinet minister who had been touted as a possible leadership contender, said: “I am backing the Prime Minister 100% – and I urge every Conservative MP to do the same. She is battling hard for our country and no one is better placed to ensure we deliver on the British people’s decision to leave the EU.”
More Cabinet ministers have come to the Prime Minister’s defence.
In a joint statement the chairman of the European Research Group Jacob Rees-Mogg and his deputy Steve Baker said: “Theresa May’s plan would bring down the Government if carried forward. But our party will rightly not tolerate it.
“Conservatives must now answer whether they wish to draw ever closer to an election under Mrs May’s leadership. In the national interest, she must go.”
Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: “The last thing our country needs right now is a Conservative Party leadership election. Will be seen as self-indulgent and wrong. PM has my full support and is best person to ensure we leave EU on 29 March.”
Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd also backed the Prime Minister.
Theresa May will make a statement later this morning outside 10 Downing Street, a Number 10 source said.
Tory former minister Ed Vaizey said he would support the Prime Minister in the vote.
But Sir Bernard Jenkin told BBC Radio 4’s Today he would vote for a change in leadership.
Sir Bernard said he had submitted a letter of no confidence earlier this week with “great regret”.
Sir Graham Brady said: “The threshold of 15% of the parliamentary party seeking a vote of confidence in the leader of the Conservative Party has been exceeded.
“In accordance with the rules, a ballot will be held between 1800 and 2000 on Wednesday 12th December in committee room 14 of the House of Commons. The votes will be counted immediately afterwards and an announcement will be made as soon as possible in the evening. Arrangements for the announcement will be released later today.”
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt immediately backed the Prime Minister.
Enough Tory MPs have requested a vote of confidence in Theresa May to trigger a contest, chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee Sir Graham Brady has announced.